Johannesburg, South Africa - Mali's head coach Patrice Carteron has said the citizens of the troubled West African nation are satisfied with the performance of its senior national team, The Eagles, at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nation in South Africa.
Mali finished third after beating one of the pre-tournament favourites Ghana 3-1 in the third place match on Saturday.
Mali also finished third at the last edition of the tournament in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea last year.
“I’m proud of the achievement of my players. They worked hard to get the bronze medal. I think the people back home will be very happy with the team’s performance,” the Frenchman said after the match.
Malian players had expressed their willingness to perform well at the tournament to make their compatriots back home happy, in view of the situation in the country where armed Islamist groups have been battling the country's forces - assisted by an international intervention force.